Myriam Boucher-Pinard is a university student at Concordia, double majoring in a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology, with a Bachelor in Honours Pure & Applied Mathematics. She lives on the Island of Montréal, Québec.
“We have some beautiful parks here, and I make sure to spend time with my family and the community in them, enjoying a breath of fresh air,” she says.
Myriam is a walk co-coordinator and a valued member of the Montréal Brain Tumour Walk, raising funds and awareness for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to support other families on their journey caring for a loved one.
After her father passed away from the disease only fourteen months after his diagnosis, this was her inspiration to do something important for the cause.
“This will be my third walk, and I love participating every year,” she raves. “My first walk was done in person, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I love walking with my family, friends, and the brain tumour community; a great community to be a part of!
”Every day on average, there are 27 individuals diagnosed with a brain tumour. This significant statistic helps to raise funds for research, awareness, enhanced treatments, and provides support for those with a brain tumour as she had endured.
“Sometimes, it can feel quite lonely throughout the process if you don’t have access to certain resources,” she says thoughtfully. To Myriam, it is the difference between believing there are no options left, and the realization that there is hope.
“The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is an exceptional representation of what hope is. Hope can mean the difference of one month or fourteen. You can contact the foundation directly and relate to the brain tumour community,” she advocates. Professionals attached or affiliated with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada offer support groups, educational resources, stories, and most importantly–hope.
“Just because we can’t find a solution it doesn’t mean that there isn’t one”.
The inspirational quote by Andrew Wiles (a mathematician) has generated motivation for Myriam and others. To her, this symbolizes the importance of research towards new treatments, focusing on what support from the community can do to improve the quality of life for those having or healing from brain tumours.
“We have an opportunity to have several various gatherings to support and give hope to loved ones on a journey with a brain tumour. I know a lot of people who participated in the walk who are eager to get started to help end brain tumours!” she expresses enthusiastically.
On behalf of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and the brain tumour community:
Thank you! Myriam Boucher-Pinard!
Learn more about the Brain Tumour Walk and register for the event at www.braintumourwalk.ca!